"This full moon day our hearts are in brim, feeling of faith and serenity in mind."—APJ Abdul Kalam
One day, early in the morning, Vishnu, a 12-year-old boy, was helping his father at the paddy fields. His sister, Anu, was eagerly waiting for him to return home, as she could not wait to tie him rakhi – the sacred thread symbolising her sisterly love. As soon as he returned, Anu ran to her room, picked up the handmade rakhi and stood before him with joy. After a small ritual, Anu tied the rakhi on her brother’s wrist, praying for his well-being, while he took an oath to protect his sister from all evil.
On this day, which is a celebration of love between brothers and sisters, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, recognises the importance of this powerful relationship and the values of brotherhood which we can inculcate in our society to build a strong nation. Millions of school children are benefitted every day by Akshaya Patra’s core programme—to feed the hungry kids by providing mid-day meals in schools thereby encouraging them to continue their education.
Akshaya Patra, through its credible service to stop hunger, promises to protect our country’s children from hunger. It is with faith and righteousness that the organisation operates the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programme in 10 states across India and provides mid-day meals to over 1.5 million children every day.
Let your big heart speak as you make a gift on Raksha Bandhan, of a contribution to our cause. Dedicate yourself to be the symbol of protection for our sisters and brothers of tomorrow. Go on and take the pledge to protect children from hunger—an evil that steals their right to a healthy life and education.